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  1. John gave me this EMI disc cut from Popcorn's 'Down in the Dumps' master tapes. Its got the old Soul Bowl logo and the address is from Portland Street before he moved to the farm. Must be from around '75-'76 ended up on the Grapevine LP but prefer the Soul Bowl EMI just for the memories.
  2. Such sad news. I owe John a lot. He was not just a great dealer but a man with limitless knowledge of independent soul. Spent many memorable times at Soul Bowl and remember wild drunken nights too. John and his wife missed Scotland dearly and I always arrived armed with Tunnocks tea-cakes and Irn Bru. When I was heading off to USA as a student he often gave me places to go and some people to contact. He loved the 'northern soul' scene but loved winding it up too. I remember asking for his Top Ten to publish in 'Echoes' and wilfully he gave me ten James Brown 'B' sides, all deep ballads, even although he was sitting on the best collection of rare soul ever. Any information on funeral plans greatly appreciated.
  3. I recently had a conversation with Guy Hennigan and we discussed at length the youth clubs that once fed the rare soul scene, they were often highly local, mid-week and ignited peoples' passion long before they were old enough to travel to the big all-nighters. Some youth clubs are periodically mentioned in other threads but I'm trying to gauge how many there were, and how important they were to the evolution of the scene. So - what was the youth club that you attended before all-nighters and what is the record you most associate with those times. For me it was Letham Community Centre in Perth in Scotland and the track I still love is Jackie Wilson's 'Since You Showed Me How to Be happy' (Brunswick). Many of the records will not be hugely rare but that's partly the point. So place, era and record please?
  4. So sad to hear of your passing Dean. We lost touch as our lives went in different directions but I shared your passion and you always had an opinion, which is the true candle of life. Stay in touch all my love and respect. Cos
  5. Should have been clearer that Junior worked in an aluminum manufacturing plant
  6. I had always believed it was cancer and although I have no evidence to connect the two - his work place was pretty dire and he was regularly exposed to aluminum dust and coal-tar byproducts. The American union movement have pursued some firms for cancer related deaths especially and lung and bladder cancers and respiratory diseases too. But linking his workplace and his death are entirely my assumptions with limited proof. Not been able to track family either. Stuart Cosgrove
  7. I appreciate your kind words and support Dave. Coming from the scene that matters a lot to me.
  8. Listening now Pete. Like you say I had forgotten how many tracks had been released. Some of these are new to me and as the wee cat said to the bowl of milk - lapping it up.
  9. Read in a Billboard that in 1972 her album was on heavy rotation on only one radio station in USA - WHUR Washington DC. Back then it was the student radio station of Howard University, where Donald Byrd was professor of jazz studies. But for only one station to play her across the whole of the USA is a scandal.
  10. My only minor addition is that JM's site is a save haven and less risky than eBay so it sells as a premium to the market, but you get what you bid on (if you win).
  11. Hi Phil, Just came back to this thread and saw your comment. I was at Black Echoes in the electro era. A package came in from North Carolina with a 12" vocoder dance record - by the Garrett Crew, they had packed the 12" with 3 copies of Glenda McLeod. I rang the company who had already gone bust and were setting up an Amusement Arcade. So for a few weeks I had all three copies, gave one to Ian Clark (100 Club) and another to Dave Thorley (Stafford) and kept the other which I still have. Not claiming there are only three first issues as I simply don't know but not many around. Ironically, the vocoder 12" which I hated is supposedly big on the German electro scene. Great thread Simon.
  12. Big achievement lasted longer than most clubs, fanzines, record labels et al. Cheers Mike - Stuart
  13. Starting to show up in shops already - a month early. Kindle is already avaliable as is iBooks Anyone who has any problems sourcing via any mechanism please pm me as it helps me to sort.
  14. snakepit - spoke to waterstones and working with their distributors to include in their inventory but Waterstones already have the book online as a pre-release, either deliverd or avaliable as click and collect at shops.

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